Okay- Batman and Robin IS corny, but that's why I love it! The puns don't bother me but the acting is silly. I don't see why people hate it so much. I mean, people love The Wolf of Wall Street, which has 500+ F words and multiple orgies, but ICE PUNS make a bad movie? I've seen this twice and it's my favorite Batman movie, and my favorite superhero movie after the first 2 Spider Mans(with Tobey Maguire.)
... View More
I've watched this movie multiple times because of the twice a month showing it got on Cartoon Network and as a kid, it was just something to keep me entertained. Years later, watching this made me realize how poorly made this movie was and that it appealed to me as a child but to no one with a sense of humor past cheesy one liners. I've seen multiple accounts of George Clooney acknowledging it's horridness, from giving refunds to people or just straight up saying "we killed a franchise." I wouldn't be surprised if these events were true.
... View More
Many people would beat down those who would give Batman and Robin a 7 out of 10 stars. However, the latter proves to be worthy of an average score in this viewer's opinion. In this day and age, it is difficult to find critics who have room in their hearts for goofy movie fun, that is if the film has some form of redeeming factor. There is no denying that Batman and Robin is technically one of the worst movies ever made. From it's ice/plant puns, innuendos, bat suit nipples and buttocks, constant grappling hook saves and George Clooney playing George Clooney dressed as Batman, it is something that feels like an attempted advertisement to sell action figures. The bright and colorful aspect of the film gives it that appearance. Though if people look at it through a more positive perspective, they'll find the film accomplished setting out what it wanted to be from the start. Now that is not to be confused as giving Joel Schumacher credit for putting together this film, turning it from Batman to Power Rangers. The cast really can't be blamed entirely for the film's failing results. They were directed to acting the way they did after all and some of the performances were acceptable while others, one cannot say the same thing. Michael Keaton played the character of Bruce Wayne/Batman for the original 1989 film and Batman Returns decently until he was replaced by Val Kilmer for 1995's Batman Forever. Kilmer wasn't the most amazing Batman by any means, but he made an effort to as best he could since that film was about as campy as this one. As already mentioned, George Clooney was playing George Clooney through the whole film. Never once could an audience viewer who is a Batman fan could look at him and say "This is the Batman of my imagination!" Clooney goes around without showing even the slightest bit of emotion, the kind that the character of Bruce Wayne is supposed to be feeling constantly, especially when he is Batman. He spends most of the time looking after Robin making sure he doesn't get into trouble and while that's good, even then he does not demonstrate fear for his friend/brother. To add on to that, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze is the king of camp and ice jokes in the film. Mr. Freeze was never the Joker. He's not very complicated as a character to figure out. He was always a dark, vengeful and hateful man who wants nothing more than to revive his wife from her terminal disease at any cost. Not only does Arnold succeed at being himself as usual, but it's as if he intended to play a Joker/Two-Face knock off of Jack Nicholson and Tommy Lee Jones' performances. Additionally, Batgirl's presence in the film wasn't great either. Her character felt out of place from the start being introduced as the niece of Alfred, Wayne's butler. Her transformation into Batgilrl didn't feel legitimate as it did random and unconvincing. On the other hand, Chris O'Donnell's performance was possibly the only performance in the film that felt legit. All throughout, Robin's motivations for doing the things that he does rebelling against Batman are believable. He clearly outshines Clooney's Batman whenever the duo are on screen together. In addition to Chris O'Donnell, Uma Thurman, as campy as she was, did surprisingly well with her role. She was a perfect choice to portray the villain Poison Ivy in this viewer's opinion, even looking great for the part. It is unfortunate that her performance was hindered as a result of being casted for the wrong film. Had she starred in a Batman film directed by Christopher Nolan, she could have excelled. The actor who played Alfred (may he rest in peace) provided the film some heart to heart moments with George Clooney's Bruce Wayne, which were some of the film's best. In conclusion, that is the cast. If we all can just take the film for what it is, as basically a cartoon in live-action, we can find it isn't as bad as the critics say it is. Check out the following youtube address for more insight on what makes the film great https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXHskZCqhiI. It is clear that the film was not meant to be Christopher Nolan's the Dark Knight trilogy. Had Tim Burton, who directed the first two Batman films with Michael Keaton, directed this film, it may have turned out differently. For what it is, it is entertaining. It's one of those cases where it is so bad it's good or so good it's bad. The point being that the film doesn't fail at being the action comedy it is. While it may be a matter of persona opinion, the film contains great humor. Mr. Freeze provides humor related to ice. The character of Bane, while butchered as a villain character, gives a few laughs as Poison Ivy's oafish muscle incapable of speech. The action in the film serves as continuation for the film's camp factor, at the same time quite well done. Beneath the film's campiness is a good message about family and trusting one another, something not many would appreciate but deserves to be recognized. Finally, just because the critics say it's atrocious doesn't make it true. For Batman and Robin, this viewer does not agree that it is the worst thing to ever happen in film. Maybe for Batman but people tend to take movies way out of hand forgetting it's all fiction and not reality. Batman Forever felt like more of a fail than this film for the way it handled it's two villains who turned out obnoxious. The villains felt amusing for this film but people can always agree to disagree on anything. Credit where credit's due for the film creating inspiration to take the superhero movie genre to a whole better level that has continued to progress today.
... View More
I'm not a Batman hardcore fan, but it seems to be a mass assault on IMDb of reviewers who downvoting the reviews that speak the truth about this movie, and upvoting anyone praising it. I honestly wonder if Joel Schumacher is personally paying those IMDb trolls to do this in exchange of bucks.Before his debut, Schumacher (not the F1 racer) was so sure, but so sure that he was going to have tremendous success, that he was already preparing a continuation, that he had signed the main ones a contract for his continuation that already had title: Batman Triumphant (which should have premiered in 1999, celebrating Batman's 60th anniversary).It transformed a Gothic city from dark to turn it into a gay nightclub, full of neon lights, imposing male statues, etc. I saw a promo of this film, in which its director boasted that he had read all the Batman comics and knew very well how to take this character to the movies, I do not really know what kind of comic this man has seen, there are Batman comics , According to the time of publication and this bullshit of film, will be anything but a Batman film.
Starting with George Clooney, he puts on his beating face at all times, either as Bruce Wayne or Batman, for him it gives him the same, Robin, extremely hateful, this character all he does is tantrums, is very plaintive. The villain that Mr. Freeze has nothing, he just says jokes, smiling at every moment, always with a phrase more stupid than the other, and also erroneous, for his suit, no comments. Uma Thurman, was over the top; Alicia Silverstone, the worst choice for a Batgirl, a character who also should never have been on the screen, just to know a couple of judo moves, and is already Batgirl enters the cave and already has its own Batsuit, knows how to use all the Bat-tools and vehicles and knows where is the lair of the villains. And for Bane, it's not worth mentioning, he is just a masked goon, grunting like Frankenstein's monster; and he is easy to defeat pulling the tubes connected on his head. It's said that it is a film made to the spirit of the series from 1965, please, this series has its charm and is better than this swill.Where is the Batman of Burton comics and films? The one who, in order to catch the villains, had to do detective work, as Mr. Nolan. Where is that Batman, who never lets himself be photographed, that Batman that hides in the night? From Batman Forever, who poses for newspapers, comes out on magazine covers, and here he goes to brothel parties, he just had to do the Batusi.Joel Schumacher with this film, happened to be a visionary man, ahead of his time, Why? For the simple fact that filmmakers such as Scary Movie, Hero Movie, etc., do not have to perform their "Batman Movie", Schumacher is ahead of them.1. Close-ups to the butts? Nipples in the suits? What sissy! Why did not they also put on nipples to Batgirl? 2. Acrobatic jumps and choreographies in the style Disney on Ice? And special effects taken out from Power Rangers?3. Sounds of caricatures for blows, falls, etc. I just need to put the Boom! Crash! Pow! 4. Bat-credit card? That was a total insult to fans and common sense. 5. Buddy cars tuned with lights of a thousand colors? The speakers were missing.This film is just abysmal. Please, avoid this film to all cost.